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Press Contact: Sgt. Mary Kusmiss, Berkeley Police Department, (510) 981-5780


Berkeley, California (Tuesday, October 25, 2011) - In a joint effort, the City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) and the City of Berkeley Public Health and Aging Services are participating in the National Take Back Initiative, a Drug Enforcement Administration program designed to reduce the amount of expired, unwanted, or unused pharmaceutical controlled substances and medications in the community.

WHAT: National Take Back Initiative
WHEN: Saturday October 29, 2011
          10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: South Berkeley Senior Center
           2939 Ellis Street, Berkeley
WHY: Community members are invited to turn in their unused or expired prescription and non-prescription medications to avoid inadvertent poisoning, overdose or abuse.

Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue, and can lead to accidental poisoning, overdose, and abuse. The majority of teenagers abusing prescription drugs get them from family and friends, with the home medicine cabinet as a primary source. The non-medical use of prescription drugs is among the most common forms of drug abuse in the United States.

  • All drop-offs will remain anonymous - no identification is required and no records are kept.
  • Participants are encouraged to remove any identifying labels on the medications.
  • Residents can keep or dispose of the containers.
  • All controlled, non-controlled, and over-the-counter substances will be accepted.
  • Because pharmacies generally cannot accept them, residents are encouraged to dispose of controlled substances such as Vicodin, Percocet, OxyContin, Codeine, Adderall, Ritalin, and Dexedrine, as well as any other stimulants, sedatives, and tranquilizers or prescription medications.
  • No needles, please.

These opportunities are infrequent, so we encourage community members to participate.


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